Category: 1st XV

1st XV update

Oban Lorne are back in action this Saturday with their penultimate league game of the season at home to league strugglers Bishopton RFC.

  The sides met only last month just across the Erskine Bridge where Oban recorded a comfortable 36-11 victory over the side who are competing in West Division 2 after their promotion last season from Division 3.

  Saturdays game, on paper should be another comfortable win for Oban who have secured second place in the league following a poor loss off form by both Uddingston and Strathaven combined with a recent winning run from the men in Green.

  Bishopton though have it all to play for as they look to avoid the lower reaches of the league going into the closing stages of the season as bottom placed Cumbernauld have hit a good run of form pressurising the lower half of the table.

 West Regional Clubs voted in favour of 10 team leagues at last Wednesdays league reconstruction meeting meaning Oban Lorne will still compete in West Division 2 next season along with the eight best placed teams in the Division along with the teams placed 11th and 12th in Division 1. At the moment this looks to be two clubs from Dalziel, Cumnock and Cambuslang who occupy the last three places currently.

  Next seasons setup should provide Oban Lorne with a competitive set of fixtures against  a good quality of opposition. Remaining in Division 2, the clubs preferred choice for the time being will allow Head Coach Andrew Johnston another season of building his young team towards the eventual aim of securing promotion to Division 1.

   The 1ST XV have made huge strides forward this season after their relegation and have fought hard to produce a faster and more attack minded style of play which has seen a higher try scoring tally than in previous seasons.

  Saturdays game kicks off at 3pm (TBC) at Glencruitten. The clubhouse will be open all day for the Super Saturday Six Nations fixtures including Scotland’s Calcutta Cup Clash at Twickenham which kicks off at 5pm.

  Oban Lornes last league game of the season will be on Saturday 23rd of March and Paisley visit Glencruitten.

Oban Lorne 45-7 Uddingston

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2 SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY Oban Lorne 45-7 Uddingston On a cold and sunny Saturday afternoon Oban welcomed Uddingston RFC to Glencruitten for a top of the table clash between the teams in second and third position in West Division 2. Oban were looking to continue their run of form following last weeks win away at Loch Lomond by overturning one of their away defeats earlier in the season where Uddingston won by 15points to 7 in a tight game. A healthy crowd was on hand in fantastic conditions looking to enjoy the fare on offer with ex-players invited to come for a free pie and a pint at halftime. The Glencruitten playing surface was in fantastic condition yet again, a testament to Argyll & Bute Groundsman Ian Hay for all his hard work over the season. Coach Andrew Johnston had to shuffle the cards yet again with a number of players coming back into the team Corrie Louw and Radi Maksimov returned in the front row with Captain Iwan Roberts coming back into the squad with regular half backs Vasil Borisov (injured) and Finlay Carmichael unavailable. With the sun shining in their eyes Oban were keen to make an early impression and they got off to a great start with some early pressure being absorbed by the visitors. When Oban turned over ball in the Uddy half their powerful centre took off on a mazy run through the middle of Obans defence. A number of tackles were missed until he was halted just inside the Oban 22. This was a warning that Oban were not going to get things all their own way. After 10 minutes of the action Oban were first to cross the try line after a succession of rucks took the ball deep into the Uddy 22 young scrum half James Divers was on hand to dive over the line and put Oban 5-0 ahead with his first senior try for the club. 5 minutes later Oban were to extend their lead when Owen McDonald finished off after a rampaging run through the visitors defence. The Big doctor has been in fantastic form on his return from injury and his dynamism really drives the team forward. Oban were working really hard in defence and snuffing out any opportunities for the visitors with some excellent tackling and organisation. Calum Murray was next on the try scoring list, when Uddy turned over ball in the Oban half the ball was hacked forward and the Oban PE teacher outpaced the home defence to latch on to the ball and dive over in the corner to extend Oban lead to 17 points to nil after 26 mins of the game. Radi Maksimov was to secure the bonus point try for Oban just before half time when he powered through the visitors defence to score an outstanding try. Another player who has been sorely missed these last few weeks hopefully he can keep up his form in the coming weeks. Oban were to go into half time with a 24 -0 lead and some positive words in the break from the coaching team saw them hoping to keep the pressure on. It took some time for Oban to get their noses further ahead but with an hour of the game gone Owen McDonald was to score another fantastic try to extend the Oban lead to 31 points the extra points were converted by Ferg McCoss who took over the kicking duties from Carmichael. Stephen Povey was to further extend the Oban lead when he was on hand to support a break through the centre of the Uddy defence and take the pass to go under the posts. A fantastic shift from the Vice Captain who had to play at prop and had a fantastic all round game. With the game now comfortably in Obans hands the coaching team made a raft of changes with Young Sean Gordon and Michael Mackinnon going into the 2nd row and young winger Robert Mclaughlin from Dalmally taking the place of Callum Murray. Tommy Sutherland also had a cameo appearance after coming down for the pat players lunch Uddingston came back at Oban hoping to salvage some pride and took play deep in to the Oban 22 after an attempted interception left a massive hole in the Oban defence for the Uddingston forwards to exploit. Oban were struggling to reorganise and conceded a number of penalties as they looked to keep the visitors at bay. Uddingston were to be rewarded with a try when their big number 8 was adjudged to have grounded the ball on the base of the posts and was awarded the try. With Oban disappointed to have their defence breached there was still time for Radi Maksimov to score his second try of the day right at the death again converted by McCoss who finished with a 5 out of 7 success rate. There were a number of standout performances on the day with every player involved really stepping up to the plate, Mcdonald, Maksimov were the outstanding forwards closely followed by Lorne Maclachlan and Lorne Sinclair who continue to excel. Young David Cameron also had a fantastic performance in the midfield moving to Inside centre after impressing on the wing in recent weeks. Saturdays result lifts Oban back into second place in the table above Uddingston. With seven fixtures remaining against lower placed opposition Oban are favourites to clinch what could end up being a second promotion place depending on the outcome of next seasons league reconstruction. Next week Oban are back on their travels when they head to Clydebank to play at the new 4g pitch there. This will be a 3pm kickoff and played under floodlights to allow for the Clydebank team to play there second team fixture before hand. The teams met at Glencruitten earlier in the season where Oban recorded a comfortable 71-7 win. Oban Lorne’s next home fixture is on Saturday 23rd of February at home to league strugglers Millbrae. Oban Ladies learn Scottish Cup Opponents Oban Lorne Ladies have been drawn in Pool 2 of the Sarah Beaney Scottish Cup Competition with the first round of fixtures taking place on Sunday 3rd of March. First up for Oban is a visit to Glasgow to take on Premiership opposition Cartha Queens Park RFC before a home tie against West of Scotland RFC on Sunday 10th. The Green Army will be confident of their chances ahead of the cup fixtures after having an impressive showing in National League 2 where they narrowly missed out on the championship to an impressive Ayr side. Ladies training continues every Tuesday (High school ) and Thursday (Glencruitten) from 6pm. All new players are welcome to come along and join in.

Loch Lomond 21-29 Oban Lorne

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY 2019

Loch Lomond 21 Oban Lorne 29

Oban Lorne  travelled to Alexandria to play Loch Lomond on Saturday  with the Green Machine looking to get back to their winning ways after a run of defeats in recent games.

With a number of players missing due to work commitments, injuries and illness it was a depleted squad that made the journey down the road.

The coaching team would like to publicly thank the MacLachlan brothers Calum and Lorne for answering an SOS and going above and beyond the call of duty to help out on Saturday a measure of their continued commitment to the club.

Lorne seeing the number of call offs due to the sickness bug doing the rounds decided to travel having been rested for the game as he was carrying a bit of a shoulder injury. His brother Calum currently recuperating from surgery on his knee agreed to go via Lochgilphead to Pick up Daniel Broderick who had missed his connection after working a nightshift.

With Club coach Andrew Johnston also having to pull on the boots for the first time in 18 months to make up the numbers in the front row this was going to be a big ask.

Oban were keen to keep the ball away from the large home pack who had caused some problems for the green machine in the first fixture earlier in the season.

The Oban side were looking to keep the ball moving and attack the width utilising their dangerous backline

After a bright start Craig wright was first to get on the scoresheet after 12 minutes with a trademark dash down the wing outpacing the cover defence for yet another try in a remarkable season. Finlay Carmichael converted the extras to give Oban a 7-0 lead.

Straight from the kick off Owen McDonald showed exactly what Oban have been missing with a fantastic surge. Catching the kick off on the 10m line he broke a number of tackles before surging into the home 22 and crossing the line for a fantastic try.  This time the conversion was missed but Oban were 12-0 up.

Oban were playing well keeping the tempo high but the conditions were tricky and a number of knock-ons and handling errors were always going to be part of the game. The Oban pack were struggling to secure the scrum with the much heavier Lomond scrum dominating all day. Time and again the Oban pack were marched back with the sheer weight of the Lomond pack as a result of this Oban were giving away penalties which was giving Lomond opportunities to clear their lines and put pressure on the Oban defence.

After enduring a good spell of pressure Oban broke out of defence again on the half hour mark and after some good link up play the took play deep into the Lomond 22. After a number of pick and goes McDonald was on hand again to crash over the line from 5 yards and extend Oban’s lead to 17 points with another fine try. Carmichael was on target again with the conversion to extend the lead to 19-0.

Oban had their tails up again and were soon to extend their lead again as scrum half Vasco scored a cracking try after some fantastic interplay between the forwards and backs. Keeping the ball moving with offloads out of the tackle and some great lines of running by the backs created the space and the Bulgarian International was on hand to take the Oban lead out to 24 points while at the same time securing the bonus point try.

This brought an end to the first half with Oban leading 24-0. The coaching team made one change at half time with Daniel Broderick replacing Lorne MacLachlan.

Oban were quick to extend their lead early in the second half when Craig Wright was quick to capitalise on a poor Lomond kick out of defence and ran the ball in for his second try of the game.

A mistake in fielding the kick off gave Lomond possession of the ball and they came hard at the Oban defence with a number of pick and goes. Some resilient Oban defending was eventually beaten when the big prop crashed over the line after 50 minutes.

With the Oban pack under pressure at every scrum Lomond were able to keep turning the screw and Oban spent most of the second half defending with the odd break out of defence  but never threatening the Lomond line again.

Coach Johnston lasted till the 70th minute before leaving the pitch with a shoulder injury and this forced a bit of a reshuffle with MacLachlan returning to the field again.

With 5 mins of the match remaining Lomond were pressing the Oban line with Oban defending well putting bodies on the line time and again. There were some fantastic tackles going in but there were also some lapses which ended with a number of penalties being awarded to Loch Lomond for High tackles etc. From one of these penalties Lomond surged over the line again with their big guys really hard to stop when they get a run on the ball from 5 yards out.  Scram half Vasco injured his knee in defending this and looks like he is going to miss the next few weeks.

It was all Loch Lomond in the last few minutes but the Oban defence held up well to repel the Lomond charges time and again. The referee was losing patience with the number of penalties being given away by Oban as they were throwing themselves into every tackle desperately trying to protect their line. With the last movement of the game he awarded Lomond a Penalty try of persistent infringement by Oban as they defended their goal line gallantly against the massive Lomond pack.

With the Final score Loch Lomond 21 Oban Lorne  29 it was a very satisfied coach who gathered the team at the final whistle to thank them for a fantastic performance. They had stood up to the mark and came away with a bonus point victory against a team that historically has always been a very tough fixture in recent years.

Some standout performances from a number of players across the team, Stanley Lister time and again stripping ball in the tackle, Big Eric Roberts smashing in to tackles, young Kieron Morrison again excelling in the back row, Scrum half Vasco energising the team with his  chat, Ferg McCoss showing some great footwork to create space out wide, Craig Wright constantly threatens whenever he gets ball in space but Man of the Match performance was from the Owen McDonald. He was outstanding all day in attack and defence and it was great to have him back in the team.

This win moved Oban Lorne up to 2nd position in the league as they overtook Uddingston who were defeated by League leaders Lenzie on Saturday. Oban will be looking to cement 2nd place when they welcome Uddingston to Glencruiten at 2pm  on Saturday for a massive game.

Players would love to have a big home support for Saturday and as such are hoping to attract any ex player to the club for a free Pie and a Pint at half time in the game, let’s get along and support the boys as they look to overturn the defeat down the road earlier in the season.

  Oban Lorne U14s also play at home this Saturday against Mid Argyll – kick off 12noon.

Oban Lorne 8-40 Lenzie

ObanTENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2 OBAN LORNE 8-40 LENZIE Last weekend saw the return of league rugby to Glencruitten after the festive break. With Oban’s game against Millbrae on the 15th December being called off due to the weather conditions this was the first outing in a month for the green machine. With only one session in the bank on the Thursday before it was always going to be a tough game against the league leaders Lenzie. Oban had run them close down the road in September being narrowly beaten by 3 points after staging a spirited fightback in the second half. Oban fielded a fairly strong team but were light in numbers in the pack with back rowers Lorne Sinclair, Owen McDonald and Vice Capain Stephen Povey all missing. There was however a start at number 8 for 17 year old Kieron Morrison who has been a standout for the U18s this season. Lenzie started the game strongly and were very direct with good strong runs from their centres getting them on the front foot. Oban were struggling to contain them and with only five minutes of the match gone the Lenzie winger cut off his wing beating a number of Oban tackles to make the line and give Lenzie an early lead. The try was converted 0-7 Oban tried to respond straight from the kick off with some good linking play between forwards and backs but struggled to get any real penetration through the well organised and aggressive Lenzie defence. After a period of Oban possession they were awarded a Penalty kick and up stepped Finlay Carmichael to convert the three points. Lenzie were quick to get on the attack again and missed tackle in midfield allowed the powerful inside centre to cruise over the line to extend the lead to 14-3. Oban responded again and managed to string some good phases together and eventually generated some quick ball for the backs to exploit. The ball was worked wide for Craig Wright to cross in the corner for another fantastic score for the fullback. Finlay Carmichael narrowly missed the conversion Lenzie 14 Oban 8. Oban were back in the game and looking to keep things tight until the half time whistle. From a scrum inside their own 22 Carmichael attempted a chip over the top of the on rushing defence and the bounce of the ball took the ball just out of the reach of both Wright and Captain Roberts. If either of them had managed to secure that ball they were in for a score unfortunately the ball fell in to the hands of the Lenzie full back who hacked the ball forward again. The covering Oban players allowed the ball to bounce and once again the bounce took the ball in the Lenzie players hands and he strolled over for another try under the posts to give the visitors a 21-8 halftime lead. Oban were determined to close the gap in the 2nd half but just could not breach the Lenzie defence again. There were a number of close calls for Oban with a number of visits to the Lenzie 22 being repelled by the Lenzie Defence. Time and time again Oban tried to breach the line and got close on 3 or 4 occasions but either dropped the last pass or were wrestled in to touch just short of the line. The league leaders were showing why they have only conceded 84 points all season with some fantastic cover defence whenever Oban did have an opportunity. There are definitely lessons for Oban to take from this game as their own defence leaked a further 3 tries in the 2nd half for a final score of 40-8. Lenzie were made to work hard for their scores in the end but Oban were just off the pace and must now look ahead to trying to secure 2nd spot in the league as Lenzie are too far ahead now to be caught. Some tough games ahead for Oban starting with next weekends trip to Loch Lomond who are always a tough proposition. Then in two weeks time we welcome Uddingston who are currently in 2nd place in the league. There were some notable performances on Saturday with young Kieron Morrison making his debut at No8 being outstanding, Daniel Broderick also showed up well being a willing ball carrier time and again, in the backs Vasil Borisow had another outstanding game at 9 before moving into the back row to cover an injury. This allowed Ferg McCoss to come on and make his debut for Oban having recently moved to the area and he looks like being a really useful addition the squad

Oban Triumph at Moffat 10’s!

Oban Lorne impress at Moffat Bellhaven 10’s Festival

 

Oban Lorne’s 1st XV and Ladies teams made the long trip to Moffat RFC on Saturday to take part in their first pre-season fixtures of the 2018/2019 season.

The 1st XV had their first outing under the guidance of new head coach Andrew Johnston while the Ladies had the consistency of Corrie Louw who will be hoping to build on what has been a very successful time for the team recently.

Both  teams have been working hard in pre season and have been eager to get going ahead of competitive fixtures now only a couple of weeks away.

A very youthful  1ST xv squad departed Oban for the long trip looking forward to the first chance to put all the training of the last few weeks into practice.

 

Oban first fixture was against Walkerburn who play in the East Regional leagues.

 

A strong performance from Oban saw them defeat the borders team by 24-0 Tries from Graham MacEachan x2 , Lorne MacLachlan and Radostin Maksimov.

 

Oban were quick to the breakdown and recycled ball well to run in 4 good tries.

 

Next game up was old foes Stewartry Rugby club. Oban have had some great games against the Dumfriesshire team over the last few seasons in West Division 1.

 

Again Oban showed good resilience in defence turning over a number of rucks and creating a couple of lovely tries for Lorne MacLachlan and Stanley Lister. Only conceding 1 break away try to win the game 14-7.

 

Next up were Annan another team Oban have played the last few seasons in Division 1. A very Physical Annan team capitalised on a couple of Oban mistakes to win this game 3 tries to Nil.

 

An shoulder injury to Radostin Maksimov meant he would miss the remainder of the tournament and meant Oban were down to a bare 10 men.

 

Oban had finished 2nd in their pool due to the number of tries scored and met Biggar RFC from National Division 2 in the Semi final.

 

Oban were a wee bit overawed playing a team from 3 divisions higher than them and made a number of errors on the kick offs to allow Biggar to race into a 3 try lead.

 

Oban then had a great spell of possession which saw them threaten the Biggar try line a number of times before eventually scoring a great team try rounded off by Iwan Rhys Roberts.

 

Oban can take some consolation in how they played against the eventual tournament winners. A wee bit more composure early on could have made a big difference.

 

Oban Coach Andrew Johnston was delighted with the performance on the day in what was his first competition in charge having taken over from Corrie Louw.

 

Notable performances from the McLachlan boys Callum and Lorne, a welcome return to Stanley Lister, an assured performance by the back line well controlled and managed by Finlay Carmichael and Graham MacEachan  and old head Roddy Morrison. There was also first senior games for Kieron Morrison and Robert Mclaughlin who performed well with lots more to come from these boys.

 

Thoughts now turn to Oban’s own tournament the Tower 10’s taking place a week on Saturday the 11th August.

 

Training has been going well over the first month and a healthy squad is developing with a number of bodies still to make an appearance.

 

Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the rugby club from 7-9pm. New players are welcome to come along and see what we can offer.

 

Meanwhile Oban Lorne Ladies took part in the Women’s section of the event with opposition from Annan and Stewartry.

 

Although missing a few key players a strong team carried on the journey to play in the festival for the first time. Moffat being the home town to Laura MacCormick gave a special feeling to the day for the Oban captain.

Oban opened the day with a tough game with Premiership side Stewartry ending in a 7-7 draw.

The second game against Annan was a hard match for Oban and  Oban lost out on this one by two scores.

Oban then took on Stewartry again with another draw between two well matched teams.

Another draw with Annan followed after a slow start to the game. Some strong words from Coach Corrie Louw followed at halftime aiding the team through a positive second half.

Oban improved again in their second Stewartry fixture winning comfortably.

A further win followed again with Annan as Oban ran out narrow winners.

The teams would face off again in the final that was played on the main pitch

Oban fielded a strong team, even with Annan being a league above, Oban Lorne ladies gave it their all and showed what they can do and came out with victory with a close score, 12-7.

Captain and local Laura MacCormick sunk to her knees on the final whistle. Oban Lorne ladies win their first silver wear of the season and will be hoping for more as they proceed in the BT National League 1. Another Achievement for the ladies was our very own Lucy Stewart winning ladies player of the tournament. Oban Lorne ladies training Tuesday and Thursday nights @7pm all welcome Glencruitten

 

 

Oban Lorne Prepare for 2018 Tower 10s

 

Oban Lorne will be hosting their second annual Tower 10s Festival on Saturday 11th of August at Glencruitten.

This year the club hope to have nine teams taking part including locals Isle of Mull RFC & Lochaber RFC, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Queensferry RFC, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC and the Edinburgh Clan RFC. Hosts Oban Lorne will be fielding two sides with a 1stXV taking art as well as an Oban High School Former Pupils side.

The first games kick off at 12 noon with the final expected to be played around 5pm.

Hopefully the event will build on a successful inaugural event last season.

The clubhouse bar and BBQ will be open all day from 12noon. All welcome to come along and support the teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Club Dinner and Awards

Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night

Oban Lorne RFC hosted their annual awards dinner on Saturday evening in front of a packed clubhouse. The  dinner and awards night concludes what has been another busy season for all involved at the club.
  After a fantastic three course meal provided by Michael Hewitt of ‘Oban Spitroasts/Argyll All Occasions Catering Company’ club president Sandy Rokitta gave a brief overview of the season so far that was dominated by some overwhelming success fro our fantastic ladies team. The Ladies were awarded Scottish Rugby Womens Club if the season at the Unions awards dinner at Murrayfield on Friday, this is a massive achievement for the team that the whole club and town should be very proud of.
  The clubs 1st XV have had a very frustrating season is West Division 1 and will find themselves playing in division 2 from September.
  Saturdays awards winners from the 1st XV were; Top points Scorer, Craig Wright, Best Trainer, Jonathan Sayer, Most Improved, Kyle Graham, Best Newcomer, Matt Walker, Player of the Year, Craig Wright, Young Player, Jack Strachan & Player Player, Craig Wright.
  The award winner from the Ladies section were; Top points scorer, Lucy Stewart, Best Trainer, Ellie MacNiven, Most Improved, Ailsa MacLachlan, Best Newcomer, Eika Skofca, Player of the Year, Erica Skofca, Young Player, Ellen Barlow & Players Player Erica Skofca.
  Clubperson of the year went to George Hamilton for his dedication to all teams including youth, mens and ladies in his fantastic pitch side first aid support. George is also a valuable member of the clubs committee holding the very important role of Child Protection Officer.
  The 1st XV’s Bulgarian Internationals Radostin Maksimov and Vasil Borisov were also congratulated with their National Team success this season.
  Outgoing 1st XV Coach Corrie Louw was also presented by gifts from the club and players for his hard work and dedication towards coaching the team over the past seven seasons in what has been an extremely successful time for Oban Lorne RFC.

Club Dinner 2018

Club Dinner tickets for this Saturday 2nd of June are selling fast.

 

Please contact Allan Wright on 07540080474 to confirm your place.

Tickets cost £20 and includes a three course meal, season awards and disco.

6.30/7pm start in the clubhouse. Smart/ club tie dress

U18s lift West Regional Bowl!

West Region U18 Bowl Final
Oban Lorne welcomed Dumfries Saints to Glencruitten on Saturday, the Saints had made the long journey up and kick off was pushed back to 2:30pm on a great day for Rugby.
 
The Oban team led by Kieron Morrison and Euan Shearer were missing captain Lorne Sinclair as he was racing in the Bristish Quad Championshihp but their number had been bolstered by the addition of a number of players from Lochaber Rugby club since Christmas and all the replacements would be required in what was sure to be a tough competition.
 
A vocal support had turned out to support the 18’s as Willie Malone got the game underway. Oban received the kick off and utilised their forwards to break the Saints line defence. Craig Cook and Euan Shearer were proving difficult to stop and Oban held much of the possession in the opening exchanges. When Dumfries got the ball they looked sharp and the full back caused problems when running in the loose. Excellent tackling from Finn Charlton and David Cameron halted Dumfries but an early Penalty 30m out gave them the opportunity to take the lead.
 
The penalty was kicked and Dumfries took the lead 3-0. Oban then got in to the swing of things and applied lots of pressure in the defence, leading to a number of knock ons by the Saints who were still trying to get the journey out of their legs. Oban knew they had to capitalise on the slow start and it was David Cameron who was causing problems in the centre. James Divers was making good ground at 10 and feeding Cameron, Cook and Morrison with the offloads. The forwards were knocking on the door and twice the Oban team were judged to be held up over the line.
 
The pressure paid off as Kieron Morrison was able to open the scoring for Oban, Andrew Ritchie added the extra points making it 7-3 for Oban. Oban received the restart and went back to work; strong running from Divers at stand off and the centres of Jack Hamilton and David Cameron were linking well. A kick chase from Cameron resulted in a bad injury and he was forced to retire early. Coaches Gordon Shearer and Murray Hamilton were forced to make the changes around the park to accommodate the loss of Cameron. Oban again were keeping possession and making the most of the ball. Dumfries were starting to look dangerous but knock ons and the Oban defence were keeping them at bay. A great drive from the forward pack created space on the right wing and Morrison popped up to get the back and made a 20 yard break getting over the line for a second score. Ritchie converted the points; the score now 14-3 to the home side.
 
Some big defensive hits from Dumfries closed out the half and Charlton was forced to leave for a blood injury which was a big blow for the Oban pack. Alasdair Lilley stepped up and was playing his best game of the season; Stuart MacQueen from Lochaber and Ian Barlow proved solid at the Scrum which provided a good platform for Sandy Bavington and Divers to launch the oban attack.
 
It was a different start to the second half with a much changed starting 15 the Oban team found themselves under pressure. Dumfries started to click and the journey was clearly long forgotten about; this time it was Oban who had to put in the defensive cover; a number of kicks were fielded well by the back three of Ritchie, Fulford and Gordon. Angus Moss was working well at the breakdown to secure possession for Oban but Dumfries were experienced and gained a number of penalties by beating Oban to the tackle. The pressure on Oban was high and a missed timed kick from our own line provided the opportunity for the Saints to strike a blow. They recovered the ball and despite the best efforts of the defence Dumfries were able to score again and covert 14-10 to Oban.
 
This was now proving a real test for the Oban team and players across the park stepped up, Stuart MacQueen had a great solo break, supported by Craig Cook and Kieron Morrison. It was Morrison who made the final yards before being able to offload to Angus MacLeod who powered over for Obans third try. It was Ritchie again who stepped up and made the conversion 21-10.
 
Dumfries rallied in the final 10 minutes of the games and nerves were showing from the Oban players. Changes were made and the time it took to settle allowed Dumfries to get the upper hand. Penalties at the break down allowed Saints to get in to the Oban 22 where they were able to sneak in at the corner to score. 21-15 now with the conversion from the touchline; the kick was a great effort but just sailed under the bar. With only 2 minutes left on the clock Oban had to restart and give the ball back to the Saints then defend for their lives. The young Green machine held their composure and an excellent turn over by Euan shearer gave the Oban side possession. Still requiring to run the clock down the young team showed great composure with Moss, MacLeod, Shearer and Cook all taking the ball in and keeping things tight; a break down the left wing opened up and Oban took their chance to finish the game but a knock on halted proceedings. However that was enough and Mr Malone called full-time and the Oban team celebrated a much deserved victory against a very powerful Dumfries side.
 
Man of the match for the day was Kieron Morrison who surely has caught the eye of the senior coaches watching that match. A number of these players will now go on to represent the 1st XV. “The coaches are extremely proud of how hard the boys have worked all season and their level of commitment is second to none. I am delighted for them. I’d also like to thank the new shirt sponsors “stoddarts” and the volunteers at the club and the grounds staff who made this pitch perfect for the match today.” Said Murray Hamilton (U18’s coach) when summing up the event.
 
Sandy Rokitta, Oban Lorne president was on hand to present the team with a trophy from the SRU. We would like to thank Dumfries for making the long journey up to Oban. The season is now finished for the 18’s, and it has finished on a high. Hopefully we will see these boys playing 1st XV rugby in the near future

Oban Lorne 64-15 Helensburgh

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 31ST MARCH

OBAN LORNE 64-15 HELENSBURGH

Oban Lorne welcomed Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday in what was a must win game for the Greenmachine in the battle against relegation. Helensburgh sat bottom of the table on -4 points going into the game while Oban were 12 points ahead sitting 11th. A win would narrow the gap on fellow relegation candidates Irvine and Cambuslang who both had tough fixtures over the weekend.

Coach Corrie Louw was able to field a very strong starting XV. The only first choice players missing from action were scrum half Finlay Carmichael and back row Richard MacKay.

Local referee Willie Malone was in charge for the day and would have a busy afternoon ahead in a high scoring game.

The home side dominated territory and possession in the opening exchanges of the game but could not find a cutting edge to create and opening try. A Craig Wright penalty was missed after 10 minutes as Oban managed to build some good pressure near the line.

Oban’s first try of the game came on 12 minutes as some good play in the 22 resulted in a Tommy Sutherland offload near the line finding powerful winger Calum MacLachlan who touched down with ease. Captain, Wright made amends for his penalty miss by scoring a tricky conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Helensburgh improved after their shaky start and found good territory from dangerous runs by their outside centre and fullback. Connor Ferris strayed offside in the 22 allowing ‘Burgh’ to narrow the lead to 7-3 with a penalty attempt.

Calum MacLachlan was looking very dangerous on the left wing and was attracting significant interest from a worrying defence. MacLachlans trademark powerful play gifted his side some good territory eventually resulting in a 5 metre scrum. Oban’s strong pack drove the ball close to the line looking certain to score. Referee Malone decided that Helensburgh had prevented a certain try by knocking the ball out of Corrie Louws hands and awarded Oban a penalty try , 14-3.

Oban were well on top in the game and scored their third try of the game after 25 minutes. David McLaughlin had a fantastic run from halfway to put Oban 21-0 ahead with another Wright conversion.

Despite being comfortably ahead Oban were still a little rusty in some areas of play. Notably the teams tackling was not upto sufficient standard as Helensburgh breached the gain line on too many occasions. Credit must be given to the away side who attacked well at times and hit back with their first try of the day on 30 minutes to narrow Oban’s lead to 21-10.

Craig Wright responded immediately for his team as the fullback raced in from 20 meters out after some good build-up play from a strong scrum. This sealed the bonus point try and a healthy 28-10 lead.

The Greenmachine looked to add to their lead before the break but were undone with some sloppy lineout play which had in general been a negative area of the teams play.

Oban made a storming start to the second half and added to their tally within the first 20second off the kick off. Calum MacLachlan made Helensburgh pay for a lapse in defence as the winger ran in from 35 meters giving what was now handsome 35-10 lead.

Helensburgh though refused still to let this dampen their spirits and hit back straight away with another well worked try narrowing the lead briefly to 35-15.

With only 5 minutes gone in the half the third try arrived, again for Oban as Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts scored his first try for the club. At 42-15 ahead Oban could now relax a little, something they have not been able to do any game so far this season.

Oban’s shaky lineout play was improving into the second half, that along with a strong scrum gave an excellent  base to attack from. Helensburgh were reduced to 14 men briefly with their fullback lying injured. Craig Wright capitalised on this by kicking into the vacant space putting pressure on the ‘Burgh’ winger who knocked on allowing Wright to dive over for his second score of the day.

Another try followed with Prop Connor Ferris diving over from close range , 54-15 to Oban Lorne.

As the half wore on tiredness creeped in . Changes were made with Andrew’s Johnston and MacDougall coming of the bench replacing Connor Ferris and Lorne MacLachlan while Daniel Kemp replaced Radi Maksimov. Jonathan Sayer also came on for Jack Strachan in the second row.

The quality of the game went downhill as it wore on. The majority of play was in midfield with some handling errors creeping in for both teams.

Oban scored two further tries in the closing stages to run out convincing 64-15 winners. First Inside Centre Jamie Bate sailed through a huge gap in the defence to score his first try since returning from injury. The last try came late on as a result of a driving maul close to the line. Player/ Coach Corrie Louw touched down to seal a very handsome victory for the men in Green.

Saturday’s win gifts Oban 5 points meaning the gap to Irvine RFC has been reduced to 5 points. Cambuslang are not far off, 6 points ahead. Oban Lorne have game sin hand on the teams above them and have a few ‘winnable’ matches coming up between now and the end of the season.

The task remains a tough one for Oban Lorne who this weekend welcome league leaders Carrick RFC. The teams met only two weeks ago with an understrength Oban going down 87-18. Saturdays game will likely be played at North Connel to give Oban Lorne Ladies the best possible pitch conditions for their National Bowl Semi Final on Sunday, Kick off 3pm.

  1. Sutherland, R. Maksimov, C. Louw, J. Baxter, J. Strachan, L. MacLachlan, S. Povey,
  2. Borisov, I. Rhys Roberts, D. McLaughlin, J. Bate, G. MacEachan, C. MacLachlan, C. Wright
  3. Johnston, A. MacDougall, J. Sayer, A. Houston, D. Kemp

Fixtures pileup for Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1

ANNAN P-P OBAN LORNE

Oban Lorne’s fixture pileup continues with another postponed fixture, this time in the form of Saturdays trip away to Annan. Pitch conditions due to melting snow and a heavy downpour of rain meant that the game could not go ahead at Annans Violetbank pitch.

Saturdays postponement was a huge blow for Oban Lorne who possessed a full and strong match day squad. The team still have a huge tally of ten games remaining that need to be played between now and Saturday 19th of May.

Oban now find themselves ten points adrift of safety in the league but possess three games in hand on some of the teams above them.

This Saturday the team entertain mid table Kilmarnock at Glencruitten. The sides met earlier in the season with Killie recording a thumping 106-13 win over an understrength Oban team. Kick off is 3pm at Glencruitten. The Clubhouse will also be open for all of Saturdays Nat West Six Nations fixtures.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

OBAN LORNE P-P ROYAL DICK VET COLLEGE

Oban Lorne Ladies were left without another fixture on Sunday as Royal Dick Vet Ladies conceded the National League 2 tie due to a lack of available players. This means that Oban Lorne have now won the league title and have sealed their promotion to National League 1 for the 2018/19 season.

For Oban the focus is now on their two remaining league fixtures but also the task of the meeting between themselves and Howe of Fife Women on Sunday 8th of April in the Semi Final of the BT National Bowl Competition. The sides will battle for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April.

This Sunday Oban Lorne Ladies travel away from home to take on mid table Grangemouth RFC. The teams met earlier in the season with Oban recording a 68-0 win.